Banbury jeweller will swap your unwanted gifts for jewellery this Christmas

A Banbury jeweller has solved the age old problem of what to do with unwanted Christmas presents, by offering to take them in exchange for vouchers and donating the gifts to charity.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 11:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 11:35 am
Now you have an option for unwanted gifts
Now you have an option for unwanted gifts

Family owned jewellery retailer, Beaverbrooks, which has a store in Castle Quay, is asking residents to take part in their Charity Gift Swap Weekend and bring any unused gifts, from toys and books, to perfume and pyjamas, into store – and they’ll receive a £10 Beaverbrooks Gift Card in return for their donation.

Unwanted items can be brought into store between Friday, January 3 to Sunday, January 5, and will be donated to a Banbury charity.

Lizy Hurford, store manager at Beaverbrooks Banbury, said: “Many people receive gifts at Christmas, and while it’s the thought that counts, there are sometimes occasions where presents don’t hit the mark, whether it’s toiletries or that secret Santa present you never needed.

“More often than not, we’re given items that we wouldn’t normally buy for ourselves and come January, are left wondering what to do with them.

"Rather than letting all those unloved presents gather dust, or throwing them in the bin, we wanted to do something useful with them this year and donate them to a worthy cause, nominated by our team in store.

She added: “We’re proud to be a much-loved high street jeweller, celebrating magical moments and bringing people together for 100 years so what better way to start 2020 off than giving back to the local community and a charity close to our hearts.”

Over the past 19 years, Beaverbrooks, which this year celebrated its 100th anniversary, has donated in excess of £14m to over 750 charities. As part of the company’s mission to ‘enrich lives,’ Beaverbrooks donates 20 per cent of retained profits to charity and has this year donated over £1.422m.

To claim a £10 Beaverbrooks Gift Card, Banbury residents will need to visit their local Beaverbrooks store and give their unwanted Christmas gift to a member of the store team.

To find out more about the Charity Gift Swap Weekend and what gifts are eligible, visit